The Netsweeper Difference
Published on Monday, 14 March 2011 12:21
Written by Travis Howle
There are a lot of choices in the market when it comes to web filtering and web threat management. Selecting a vendor and product for your needs can be a daunting task. Here are some of the reasons leading organizations like yours have chosen to partner with Netsweeper in fulfilling their own needs for these capabilities:
1. Low Total Cost of Ownership
Netsweeper is designed to be “hardware-agnostic”, which means that you can use standard Intel-based servers to deploy our software. This translates into a radically lower total cost of ownership to deliver the same functionality, especially when comparing Netsweeper to appliance-based solutions.
2. A Leaner and Greener IT Infrastructure
In addition to being “hardware-agnostic”, the advanced architecture of Netsweeper requires only a fraction of the hardware and infrastructure required by other filtering solutions. This means fewer servers, less rack space, lower power consumption and all the other Green IT impacts that go along with this reduction.
3. Zero Latency and Zero Network Risk
Netsweeper is deployable ‘out of band’ for web filtering, so that (unlike proxy-based solutions or inline appliances) web filtering will not introduce additional latency to your web traffic for approved traffic. In other words, we don’t add additional ‘hops’ to your traffic and we only interact with traffic on its way “back in” to your network (interrupting delivery of any disallowed content). This configuration also means that should there ever be any problems with the filtering solution, it will not take down your network. Oh - and if you must deploy filtering inline (for whatever reason) we can do that too!
4. Proven Scalability for Large Networks
Netsweeper has proven deployments with demanding high-throughput customers; we deliver filtering to millions of users and on networks with 40+ Gbps (or more) in traffic. The best part? Scaling up the deployment simply requires the addition of more standard Intel-based hardware. Whether you’re already dealing with a large throughput or you want to ‘future-proof’ your filtering investment against planned growth, Netsweeper can address your needs.
5. Smarter Web Filtering with Dynamic Categorization
Every day, Netsweeper’s cloud-hosted AI adds more than 10 million new URIs to the more than 5 billion already categorized. Your local policy server ‘learns’ from the usage patterns of your users, and our unique Master Categorization Name Server is dynamically updated in real time based on the web usage of our millions of users worldwide. This translates into superior filtering performances and excellent zero-day protection for your users.